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Posted 25 October 2008 - 06:38 PM
Posted 25 October 2008 - 07:03 PM
Posted 25 October 2008 - 07:40 PM
The BIOS boot option should be from the optical drive, not the hard drive.
The entire HD was deleted. Active@ KillDisk wrote zeroes to the whole drive. I can not detect an HD to partition, format or install.
If you try to boot from a hard drive with no O/S, you should get the O/S not found message.
OEM XP expects to find a bare/empty hard drive...if anything is on it, please delete it, using the XP CD to do so. Then create your partition/format/install XP.
Inside the windows installer:
What is the exact error message?
SATA HD. It has an IDE adapter card that the HD plugs into. I don't believe it was originally intended to support SATA. Not out of the box, anyway.
SATA or PATA hard drive?
Gigabyte Technology's K7 Triton motherboard, installed with an AMD Atholon XP 2.2 GHz processor (the fastest one the board can support, I believe).
Motherboard or system...and respective manufacturer, please?
I tried booting the computer with the disc I was given with the computer. It says "Addonics" and "Host Controller: SATA USB, Firewire, I/O Converter" with the final note of "Addonics Technologies V9.05" on the label.
If using a SATA drive and there is no native motherboard support...then the SATA driver must be loaded before XP can even "see" the drive.
Posted 25 October 2008 - 09:10 PM
Edited by hamluis, 25 October 2008 - 09:12 PM.
Posted 25 October 2008 - 09:45 PM
The back of the card says "Model #: ADSA2." A quick google and visit to the Addonics site gives me these details. The picture matches my hardware exactly, with the two SATA ports on the side. (Google gives me several results for a card that has the SATA ports on the far edge instead of the top, but I'm trusting the manufacturer on this one.)
I personally think you were right on the money when you made this assertion/assessment. But...until we get some info about this device you call an "IDE adapter card", I will reserve my final opinion.
Yes. I gave the motherboard, processor and ram to a local shop, and told them to build me a system with it. The hardware was courtesy a friend who had the stuff lying around. I installed the processor myself (upgrade from 1044 MHz) just recently. The system has been working since I received it from the local shop. The whole box functioned, and well, until it came down with a virus.
Now I must ask...did this arrangement of parts ever work as a system...without other hard drives?
My box says GA-7N400-L. Which would mean this is the right model to be looking at.
What is the exact model board that you have? I found a board fitting your general description...that has onboard SATA support (which would make sense).
Posted 26 October 2008 - 04:21 AM
Edited by Platypus, 26 October 2008 - 04:22 AM.
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